Learning to Love - Heidi and Rolland Baker

I’ve been procrastinating on this review. I really, really wanted to like this book, but in the end, the honest fact is that I struggled to read this book and even once I finished, I never really enjoyed it. However, I am certain that my dislike of it is personal and really shouldn’t be taken into account when judging the book. So how to go about reviewing it?

Captives - Jill Williamson

Have you ever read a book, and then struggled to decide if you liked it? After all, people died horribly and unimaginable suffering was visited upon the protagonists. You can't really walk away with a, "well that was fun!" And yet, you are glad you read the book...more than that, you are grateful. It reached down inside of you and forced you to deal with ideas and emotions you hope will never see the light of day outside the pages of a book. You come away stronger, more aware of yourself, your world, and your beliefs.

The Wolf of Tebron - C.S. Lakin

At the moment almost all entertainment forms seem determined to wrest control of faerie tales away from Disney and return them to their earlier, darker forms. With movies like Snow White and the Huntsman and TV shows like Once Upon a Time and Grimm, this shift is having a profound and in many ways welcome affect on the fantasy world. Retellings and new stories of faerie tales written more traditionally with less sparkles and more blood are immensely popular. While I have found many favorites among them, C.S. Lakin’s series the Gates of Heaven is in uncontested first place. As much as love this trend, a vital element of the older tales has been completely lacking in all the books I’ve read except those by Mrs. Lakin: hope.

Through a Screen Darkly – Jeffery Overstreet

 

Sometimes when it comes to books about entertainment, it seems like one more tome on the subtle details of Lord of the Rings or the Christian themes in Matrix will break the bookshelf. However, if you enjoy watching movies in any fashion, I strongly recommend you find a copy of Mr. Overstreet’s book Through a Screen Darkly. Even if you have to weed out a few books to make room, it’s worth it.

The Sky Beneath My Feet - Lisa Samson

Beth’s life has been pretty steady. Her husband, Rick, works as the Men’s Pastor at a large and growing church. Her two teenage boys are being – well, teenagers, but overall they seem fine. The church is giving them a month long sabbatical, and one of her friends has lent them keys to a Florida vacation home. A perfect life right?

When old friends reappear on Beth and Rick’s doorstep to offer them a high profile job at another, even larger church, the invisible fault lines in the family begin to crack. Rick retreats to his shed turned man-cave to pray and seek the Lord’s guidance. His family is left to carry on, explaining to their neighbors and friends why their husband and father has suddenly become a hermit, and Beth begins to seek a deeper meaning in her own life.